That's 1-4 on the trip…

This really isn’t the way the Reds planned for this trip to go. A 5-2 loss has given them four losses in five games on the road trip through beer towns Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Along the way, they’ve lost Joey Votto (stress), Edinson Volquez (elbow tendinitis), Jerry Hairston Jr. (stomach bug) and Willy Taveras (right hamstring). Brandon Phillips (thumb) missed most of the first game.

On the decisive hit Tuesday, a two-run double in the sixth by STL’s Nick Stavinoha, Taveras froze for a moment and then couldn’t chase down the drive over his head and to the wall in center field. Even if he took a step in, a healthy Taveras would normally catch up to that ball. He missed the previous three games with a sore right hamstring.

“Ordinarily he runs that ball down and the score is 3-2 with two outs,” Baker said. “I guess we have to go back to the drawing board on him. [Chris] Dickerson will play center field [Wednesday]. I thought Willy was in better shape, leg-wise, than that. So we’ll have to take a little more time.”

Bronson Arroyo had a tough night — five earned runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He threw 111 pitches, including 14 in one AB to Skip Schumaker. Drilling Yadier Molina in the back with a two-strike fastball in the sixth led to the Stavinoha hit.

“He’s looking breaking ball and I’ve beat him breaking ball all night,” Arroyo said. “If I throw a fastball anywhere on the inner-half [of the plate], he’s out. And I just tried to throw it too hard. It was a two-seamer and it just ran into his back. That was the catalyst that started the whole inning. Looking back, if I could take one thing back the whole game, I’d love to have that pitch back.”

And the Reds would love to have this road trip back.

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I’m no hitting coach, but if I remember correctly, the last time Bruce was in a slump like this, it was because he was trying to pull everything. Early this year (and even when he first came up last year), a lot of his hits were to the opposite field. I just don’t feel like he has been trying to go opposite field and instead is trying to pull everything… just my thoughts though

Very good point. Ramon Hernandez started getting hot when he began to drive the ball to right field.Russ

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